Friday, April 29, 2016

Doofus Of The Day #903

Today's award goes to the pilot of a Norwegian Air Force F-16.

Two F-16s were taking part in a mock attack on the uninhabited island of Tarva off Norway's west coast when one of them opened fire with its M61 Vulcan cannon, which is capable of firing up to 100 rounds a second.

A hail of bullets hit the tower in the incident, which happened on the night of April 12, but the officers inside were not injured.

In a similar incident in 2009, F-16s fired in error on the same tower, with at least one round piercing the structure, but again no-one was injured.

There's more at the link.

After two such incidents, if I were a Norwegian Air Force officer, I'd regard a posting to that tower as the exact opposite of career-enhancing . . . more like an invitation to play Russian roulette at one hundred rounds per second!

(Of course, the US Air Force isn't immune from similar accidents . . . )



Anonymous said...

An NJ ANG F-16 strafed a school in NJ one night. No one hurt but a career was killed. What's with Lawn Dart pilots?


BobF said...

At that rate of fire, no casualties? Can't find the target, but when he does he can't hit it? Maybe it's better he finds something else to do anyway.

Old NFO said...

Hoo boy... Yeah, not career enhancing on EITHER side...